I just thought I ask your opinions on what you think is the most challenging part of working in a city law firm.
I personally think that all the 'challenges' that are related with it are just part of the job. So, when you are embarking on this career you should just take all of them as a given.
However, I would appreciate to hear your views too.
Thanks and I hope all is going well for you.
Devastatingly insightful as the response above is you may want to post on a website called RollonFriday, it's full of trainees and lawyers at City firms who can give you the advantages and disadvantages. Just make sure you post in the 'Training Discussion' not the 'Main Discussion', unless you want to act as an online stress ball for many stressed out associates.
Most trainees I've talked to say it's the hours and that your entire life is subjugated to work, so it's difficult to make concrete plans for meeting friends etc. Obviously, how bad this is will vary from firm to firm and seat to seat though.
Long, unpredictable hours
Grinding work as a junior, e.g. due diligence work
You get well taken care of, e.g. free taxis in the evening
Good pay and bonuses
Seats abroad with free accommodation and extra salary
Female trainees are generally hawt
Solid, predictable career ladder with hefty yearly salary rises and increased responsibility